Bloomington’s Order to Occupiers to Vacate People’s Park Reeks of Political Opportunism

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 8:30 am

For nearly ninety days, Occupy Bloomington has been occupying People’s Park in Bloomington just blocks away from the Indiana University campus. They have been bringing the message of the 99% to a college town. But now their effort faces a significant setback as Mayor Mark Kruzan has occupiers evicted by noon today.

I have been following all news related to Occupy closely since September 17 and I visited Occupy Bloomington on my Midwest tour of occupations in late October. As far as I could tell, the city was politically more permissive toward Occupy Bloomington than most cities. To have lasted into 2012 like they have done, the city would have to be on some level respectful of their First Amendment rights to be in the park.

 

The Radical History of Bloomington’s Peoples Park

By: Monday November 21, 2011 7:15 pm

In the autumn of 1968, Rollo Turner opened the Black Market in Bloomington, Indiana on land owned by businessman and antiwar activist Larry Canada. Located on the corner of Dunn Street and Kirkwood Avenue, the Black Market sold LPs, books, artwork, and African imports, and quickly evolved into a peaceful gathering place for Bloomington and Indiana University’s African-American community. In May of 1969 Turner would gain fame for leading a coalition of students and faculty in an occupation of IU’s Ballantine Hall to protest tuition increases…

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